Mayonnaise, a creamy and versatile condiment, has been a staple in kitchens worldwide for centuries. It's a delightful addition to sandwiches, salads, and countless recipes.

But did you know that mayonnaise can also be an exciting educational tool? In this article, we'll explore the prevalence of mayonnaise in our food and present some fun and creative activities for elementary teachers to engage their students.

Let's go!

Printable & Activity Objectives

Age: 7 to 9 year olds, Activity Time:1-2 hours, Items Needed: Writing and colouring pencils

This activity will allow students to learn about the history of mayonnaise in European culinary traditions, the science behind emulsions and the unique uses of this condiment in different cuisines worldwide.

It will help your child or student with:

  1. Cultural Awareness: Exploring condiments such as mayonnaise introduces students to the culinary traditions of various cultures. It promotes cultural awareness and expands their knowledge of diverse cuisines.
  2. Science and Chemistry: Learning about mayonnaise can provide a practical introduction to basic scientific concepts like emulsions. Students can engage in hands-on experiments to understand the chemistry behind how ingredients like oil and vinegar combine to create mayonnaise.
  3. Creativity and Artistic Expression: Designing labels or creating recipes for mayonnaise encourages students to tap into their creativity and express themselves artistically. It fosters imagination, and the ability to think outside the box.

Let's start learning!

Classroom Resources

Simple steps to start:

  • Research and learn more about the science, history and widespread use of this tasty condiment around the world. Here's an interesting video about the history of mayonnaise (However, the origin story is still hotly debated):

Here's a video about the science of "emulsions", the process which binds all the ingredients to make mayonnaise:

Here's an interesting video about how mayonnaise made its way into the Japanese culinary landscape:

  • Get started on the printable worksheet!

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What's in the Printable Worksheet Pack

This printable activity pack consists of 3 creative printable worksheets. Here's what it consists of:

  • 1 Mayonnaise Uses Listing Sheet
  • 1 Mayonnaise Recipe Development Sheet
  • 1 Mayonnaise Dip Idea Creation Sheet

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